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Sordid Lives: The Series

4.8 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

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Sordid Lives: The Series (createdby Del Shores) is the story of a small town Texas family presided over by matriarch Peggy Ingram (Rue McClanahan) who takes in the town bar singer Bitsy Mae Harling (Olivia Newton-John) who has just been released from prison.

Peggy's wild child daughter LaVonda (Ann Walker) lives with Peggy's chain-smoking sister Sissy (Beth Grant), while Peggy's good girl Latrelle (Bonnie Bedelia) maintains an image of seeming perfection. Peggy's third child "Brother Boy" Ingram (Leslie Jordan) is locked in a mental institution where he performs as Tammy Wynette. He plots to escape while he attends therapy sessions with the crazy Dr. Eve (Rosemary Alexander) who believes she can dehomosexualize him.

LaVonda's white trash best friend Noleta (Caroline Rhea) lives in a trailer in Sissy's backyard with her husband G.W. (David Steen), a Vietnam vet with two wooden legs. G.W. escapes regularly to the local bar in town amidst a small crowd of regulars including brothers Wardell (Newell Alexander) and Odell (David Cowgill), Bitsy and this bar's crazy old fly Juanita (Sarah Hunley).

Latrelle's son Ty (Jason Dottley) is an actor living in Los Angeles and struggling with several therapists (Margaret Cho, Carson Kressley, Candis Cayne) to come to terms with his homosexuality. Along the way he deals with his first boyfriend (Ted Detwiler), his stalker ex-girlfriend (Sharron Alexis), a vengeful trick (Emerson Collins) and the difficulty of coming out to his straight best friend (Robert Lewis Stephenson) and his family back in Texas.

Sordid Lives is the universally relatable story of a town of family and friends and the trials and tribulations they go through as they learn to see each other for who they are instead of who they wish each other to be.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rue McClanahan, Bonnie Bedelia, Olivia Newton-John, Leslie Jordan, Caroline Rhea
  • Directors: Del Shores
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047EGK8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,582 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I'm sure if you're reading this, you're looking to buy this still in-limbo series and already are familiar with the episodes. You're probably also worried about the pressings having problems like bad audio sync or compression artifacts.

Let me ease everyone's minds and say the set doesn't have any of those problems. Everything is spot-on and looks much better than the compressed version fed via cable. I've been through all the extras and there are no hiccups in playback.

That said, there's not much about extras included in the details section for the set. The first 2 discs are the 12 Episodes plus photos. The episodes are uncensored both in audio and video, so you hear a lot more and see just a little bit more. Definitely starting with Episode 3, the show started reaching beyond standard cable shows for content, especially with the infamous "Call Waiting" episode. You get to hear beyond "Beep, Beep, Beep" and it much more enjoyable.

The third disc includes the series teaser trailer, bloopers, deleted scenes and music done by Olivia Newton-John. The bloopers really are extensive and very funny. I had a blast watching them especially when one of the cast members would get the giggles and just had to get through it. The trailer is something you could already see on the internet or could have seen prior to the series making it onto TV. Olivia's music is great and a nice addition. I found the deleted scenes, while extensive, were mostly deleted for a reason. There were a few gems inside there, but most were extensions of already-existing scenes or additional before/after content that didn't add too much to the story. I'm sure that's why they were deleted. It was nice to have that as well although more bloopers would have been nice.
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The series was a riot. I was waiting anxiously for season 2. According to Shores' newsletter, Whoopie Goldberg had contacted Shores and asked him to write her into the second season because she loved it so much. He wrote the second season scripts (creating a role especially for Whoopie), but recently Shores announced the second season will not be shot or air. Apparently there are disagreements about royalties being paid (or not paid), and some of the network stakeholders have hesitated to order the 2nd season despite great viewer numbers and high critical acclaim in both gay and mainstream media.

If you are as angry about the cancellation of the series as I am, write to LOGO and voice your opinion!
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I went to see "Sordid Lives" the movie several years ago with a friend and loved it! It was truy one of the funniest movies we had ever seen as we laughed all the way through it from the second the movie started when Olivia Newton-John started singing the theme song..."ain't it a bitch sorting out our Sordid Lives, it's a bitch..." When the movie came out on DVD, we went out and bought it the day of its release. Then several years later, we were so excited when the LOGO channel premired "Sordid Lives: The Series." This series has most all of the same cast members as in the movie with the exception of a few...the Delta Burke character is replaced by Caroline Rhea who is perhaps even better in the series than Delta Burke was in the movie if you can imagine that because Delta was wonderful but I have to admit that Caroline Rhea's performace in the series is out of this world. She truly nailed the part! Jason Dottley plays the role of Ty...you can't get any better than that. Then there's the legendary "Golden Girl" (Blanche) Rue McClanahan who plays the family matriarch, Peggy. Rue McClanahan plays a role unlike any other she's ever played. You truly won't believe it!! She is amazing and so very funny in this role...I had to stop and think that the person playing this role was actually the actress that played Blanche on the Golden Girls....WONDERFUL. Leslie Jordan plays the hilarious Brother Boy who is obsessed with dressing up in drag and perfoming as Tammy Wynette. Bonnie Bedelia, Ann Walker, Rosemary Alexander, Sarah Hunley, Beth Grant, and Olivia Newton-John make up the rest of this amazing cast. Beth Grant is perhaps one of the best and funniest of all the cast! Then again, there's nothing negative to say about any of these cast members or the series.Read more ›
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Del Shores NEVER got paid for the TV Series. Stan Brooks will be getting the money from this. Del and the cast will NOT receive any money. BOYCOTT THIS DVD release. You can purchase the Canadian release direct from Del Shores. PLEASE PLEASE do not support this. The Series is FABULOUS as was the movie, but let's make sure the proceeds goes to where it belongs! THANK YOU !!! I bought the Blu-Ray hoping it would be perfect quality. Del's version is just as clear and you only get 2 full lenght songs from Oliva and on Del's you get ALL. You can get Del's version from sordidlivestheseries dot com
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While I enjoyed "Sordid Lives" the movie, there were times when it took uneven dark turns that didn't flow together smoothly from scene to scene and forced me to leave my comfort zone for pure enjoyment. Del Shores has lightened up "Sordid Lives" the TV series, and in turn, I think actually makes his point better about about dyfunctional Southerners and family members.
Two key cast member changes helped contribute a lot to Del's new concept. First, don't ever let it be said I'm not a long time Delta Burke fan. However, casting Caroline Rae in Delta's part as Noleta was a stroke of brillance. Secondly, contrary to some opinion, I think Jason Dottley- Del Shores' real life husband- playing Ty was a big bonus move also. I always thought Kirk Geiger (movie Ty) looked too old for the part, not that great an actor, and never convinced me he was the "confused" Ty that he was trying to convey in the movie. Jason adds a dimension to Ty that is more vulnerable, scared, sweet, confused, and searching for what he what he wants and who he is on a much more satisfying level to me. Bravo Jason! And THANK YOU Beth, Bonnie, Olivia, Rosemary, and Leslie for coming back to do the series! A very special thank you goes to Rue McClanhan for joining the cast this season.
Yes, I became obsesesed with the show week after week. You come to love all the characters- even the ones you "hate." The dialogue is crisp, funny, intelligent, irrelevant, and why we all sit down to watch a TV series so we can escape the escapades and drama of our own sordid lives. Each episode became a "water cooler" conversation with my friends with every new episode.
TOO many memorable lines to recite: "Bam! Bam! Bam!" "What'd I miss?" "And pussy is spelled with two 'S''s!" "... but I've never lost consciousness before noon.
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